Cut Fraud Not Benefits - Alliance of Community Medical and Rehabilitation Providers Calls on government to expand benefits for the most seriously injured accident victims

TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - The Alliance of Community Medical Rehabilitation Providers is urging the government to protect seriously injured car accident victims when it considers the report of the Catastrophic Impairment Expert Panel. The report is scheduled to be released next week.

"A reduction in benefits for those who've been seriously injured will only serve to help the auto insurance companies," said Nick Gurevich of the Alliance. "Accident victims deserve to receive the healthcare and assistive living services they require.  We are worried that the revised definition of catastrophic impairment will result in a reduction in benefits."

The report is expected to propose changes to the definition of "catastrophic impairment", and could leave to further cuts to insurance benefits to the most seriously injured.

The Ontario government signaled in the 2011 Budget that it would tackle car insurance fraud, instead of taking aim and further cutting benefits to accident victims. The Alliance supports this approach.

The Alliance strongly advocates for an expansive approach to the definition of "catastrophic impairment" which would take into consideration all of the accident victim's injuries and needs - physical, psychological and other impairments.

The Alliance of Community Medical and Rehabilitation Providers represents approximately 80 companies, and about 3500 health care professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, chiropractors, social workers, psychologists and case managers. It is these individuals who are the primary providers of healthcare and other rehabilitative services to Ontarians who are injured in automobile accidents. 

To learn more about the work of the Catastrophic Impairment Project:

http://www.fsco.gov.on.ca/english/insurance/auto/reform/catinfo.asp?view=print

SOURCE Alliance of Community Medical Rehabilitation Providers

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Holly Rasky 416-697-0858

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